Howard Smith Wharves ferry terminal

Brisbane City Council has announced a new ferry terminal will be constructed at Howard Smith Wharves Precinct.

Project summary

Project summary table including address, ward, project outcome and latest news.

Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane CBD


Central Ward

Project outcome

The Howard Smith Wharves terminal will further enhance the ferry network and provide new access opportunities for residents and visitors into this new destination

Latest news

Project in design phase

River-based geotechnical investigations – April 2019

About the project

The Howard Smith Wharves terminal will be jointly funded by Council and the Howard Smith Wharves Consortium. The terminal is anticipated to initially service CityFerry services.

Council is working to determine the most appropriate location for the terminal and initial layouts. At this stage, the terminal is proposed to be positioned towards the upstream end at the River Shed building, subject to final investigations. Council anticipates construction to commence in early 2020.

Further information about the terminal design and timing of construction will be provided as the project progresses. Every effort will be made to minimise impacts and disruptions to Howard Smith Wharves during construction.

River-based geotechnical investigations

Council will be undertaking river-based geotechnical investigations at the proposed location for the ferry terminal at Howard Smith Wharves from Monday 1 April 2019. This will assist with the investigation, planning and design of the proposed ferry terminal.

A barge with a drilling rig is planned to spend up to two weeks at Howard Smith Wharves to undertake core sample drilling. This work will generally take place from Monday to Saturday between 7am and 5pm, but some activity may occur outside these hours to align with the tide. Residents and businesses close may notice a small increase in noise associated with these works, as the barge moves into place and the drilling occurs. 

CityHopper and CityCat services between Riverside and Dockside will continue to run normally without interruption. 

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience while we complete this work. We will attempt to minimise disruptions where possible.

More information

If you would like to provide comments or ask questions about the Howard Smith Wharves ferry terminal project, you can:

  • Phone the project team on 1800 884 681
  • Phone Council on 07 3403 8888 (after working hours)
  • Email the project team 
  • Write to:
    Ferry Infrastructure team
    City Projects Office
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane QLD 4001
Last updated:13 May 2019
Topics: ferry